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Keenan Award: honoring those who serve

   Thomas F. Keenan
Thomas M. Keenan

Each year, the Guild recognizes a member who has done the most for the union and its members by bestowing the Thomas M. Keenan NewsGuild of New York Service Award.

Any Guild member in good standing can nominate any other member for the award. The winner is chosen by the New York Guild’s Administrative Committee, which consists of the president, secretary-treasurer, local chairperson and the Local’s three vice presidents.

In determining the award winner, the committee must find that a nominee “performed above and beyond in service to the New York Local, and best exemplifies the ideals of a true labor leader in the spirit of Tom Keenan.”

Nominations are usually open for a two-week period every spring. All nominations must be in writing, signed by the member making the nomination, and received by Local Secretary-Treasurer Peter Szekely at Guild headquarters, 1500 Broadway Suite 900, New York, NY 10036, by the deadline. Self-nominations are not accepted. Winners of the award receive a plaque and a watch or other prize. Prizes are presented to the winner at a membership meeting in June.

The annual award was established in 1999 to honor Tom Keenan, the longest-serving New York Times unit chair. Keenan was elected to seven terms as Times unit chair, holding that office longer than any other person before joining the Guild’s staff as a Local representative in 1998. He died in December 2000 after a battle with cancer. Since the award was established, there have been 22 recipients.